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  Tales of the Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Five stories from the Fantasmagoriana were then translated to English by Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Brown Utterson (1782?-1851).
In the summer of 1816 Lord Byron and John William Polidori were staying at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva and were visited by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Claire Clairmont.
Both Fantasmagoriana and Tales of the Dead did not receive second editions during the remainder of the 19th century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fantasmagoriana   (2133 words)

 fantasmagoriana's Storefront - Lulu.com
The book that they read from was called Fantasmagoriana.
Fantasmagoriana has a unique place in literary history.
This is the first full translation of the stories that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Dr John Polidori's The Vampyre.
www.lulu.com /fantasmagoriana   (215 words)

 Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein
It all began back in the summer of 1816 at the famed Villa Diodati on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, where Mary Shelley (1797-1851) spent most of that summer together with her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, her stepsister Claire Clairmont, Lord Byron and Dr. John Polidori, Byron's physician.
Inspired by a reading of the Fantasmagoriana, a collection of German ghost stories, on June 16 they decided to try their hands on supernatural stories themselves.
Inspired by Fantasmagoriana, a French translation of German Gothic tales, they held some kind of ghost story competition where Mary Shelley invented her story of Frankenstein.
members.inode.at /359743/frankenstein/frankenstein-novel.htm   (2645 words)

 Shelley's Gothic Readings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Fantasmagoriana, ou Recueil d'Histoires d'Apparitions de Spectres, Revenans, Fantomes, etc.; traduit de l'allemand, par un Amateur (Paris: Lenormant et Schoell, 1812).
The book they read was Fantasmagoriana, ou Recueil d'Histoires d'Apparitions de Spectres, Revenans, Fantomes, etc.; traduit de l'allemand, par un Amateur (Paris: Lenormant et Schoell, 1812); the anonymous translator was in fact Jean Baptiste Benoit Eyries (1767-1846).
The German ghost stories originally appeared in the first two of the five- volume Gespensterbuch edited by Friedrich Schulze (though he actually authored three of the stories) (under the pseudonym of Friedrich Laun) and Johann Apel (Leipzig: G. Goeschen, 1811-1815).
www.georgiasouthern.edu /~dougt/shelley.htm   (1441 words)

 Amazon.com: Fantasmagoriana (Tales of The Dead): Books: A. J. Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The book that they read from was 'Fantasmagoriana' which now claims a unique place in literary history.
This is the first ever full English translation of the all of the stories that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Dr John Polidori's The Vampyre.
This is a great book that answers lots of questions surrounding the mysterious 'party' where Mary Shelley got her idea to write Frankenstein.
www.amazon.com /Fantasmagoriana-Tales-Dead-J-Day/dp/1411652916   (1283 words)

 Unusual Facts
Owing to the fact that the full version of Fantasmagoriana had previously not been available in the English language, few scholars had an opportunity to explore the intertextual nature that this book played in relation to mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
In searching for the Muse (the academic essay included in the new translation of Fantasmagoriana) editor A.J.Day demonstrates some interesting similarities between the text of Frankenstein and one of the, previously untranslated, stories in Fantasmagoriana.
In The Grey Room from Fantasmagoriana the character Tobias is confronted, as he lies in bed, by what he believes is the ghost of a suicide victim.
www.members.aol.com /fantasmagoriana/html/unusual_facts.html   (397 words)

 The Vampyre (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Kept indoors by the "incessant rain" of that "wet, ungenial summer", over three days in June the five turned to telling fantastical stories, and then writing their own.
Fuelled by ghost stories such as the Fantasmagoriana, William Beckfords Vathek and quantities of laudanum, Mary Shelley produced what would become Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.
Polidori was inspired by a fragmentary story of Byrons and in "two or three idle mornings" produced The Vampyre.
the-vampyre.iqnaut.net.cob-web.org:8888   (390 words)

 Mary Shelley and Frankenstein - The Summer of 1816
Mary and Percy could not return to Chapuis, due to an incredible storm, and spent the night at the Villa Diodati with Byron and Polidori.
The group read aloud a collection of German ghost stories, The Fantasmagoriana.
In one of the stories, a group of travelers relate to one another supernatural experiences that they had experienced.
www.kimwoodbridge.com /maryshel/summer.shtml   (605 words)

 RITRO.com - Real Insight Through Raw Opinion
She stayed in a villa with Percy Byshee Shelley, Jane Clairmont (her half sister), Lord Byron and Dr. John Polidori (Byron’s doctor).
The group was inspired after reading a collection of German ghost stories entitled: Fantasmagoriana, and on June 16th came up with the idea to all try writing their own ghost stories.
At first Mary Shelley had troubles coming up with an idea and didn’t write a single word until she had a vision of sorts, which she describes in the preface of her novel.
www.ritro.com /sections/tips/?storyid=3279   (545 words)

 The Vampyre (Acrimony.org article)
They would amuse themselves reading to each other aloud and drinking large quantities of laudanum, which was a heady combination of brandy and opium.
They read from a book entitled, Fantasmagoriana by Jean Baptiste Benoit Eyries.
The book was a collection of ghost stories which had been translated from German into French.
www.acrimony.org /article_the_vampyre.php   (609 words)

 Hogle, Introduction, Frankenstein's Dream, Praxis Series, Romantic Circles
There, while staying near and often with Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati, she agreed, as many of her readers know, to join a ghost-story writing contest between herself, P.B. Shelley, Byron, and the latter's live-in physician and occasional lover, Dr. John Polidori.
At first she says she made no connection between this group's nocturnal readings in Gothic tales of reanimated portraits or specters—such as those in Jean Baptiste Eryiès's Fantasmagoriana (1812), which is heavily indebted to Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764-65; see Shelley 7n.
She states that she heard Byron and Shelley, themselves rebellious descendants of a fading aristocracy, say that it was possible that the component parts of a creature might be manufactured, brought together, and endued with vital warmth" (Ibid., my emphasis).
www.rc.umd.edu /praxis/frankenstein/hogle/hogle.html   (3313 words)

 Literature: A Frankenstein FAQ, Question 1
On their second visit to the continent, rest did not come until they arrived at Villa Diodati, the home of Lord Byron on Lake Léman near Geneva.
The inclimate summer of 1816 left the visitors ensconced in the Villa telling one another Gothic German ghost tales such as Fantasmagoriana: Collection of the Histories of Apparitions, Spectres, Ghosts.
The talent in the Villa drawing room superseded the literature being read so Byron suggested that they individually write a supernatural tale.
www.watershedonline.ca /literature/frankenstein/faq1.html   (1404 words)

 SciFan: Books: Polidori's Vampyre by John William Polidori (from our database of Fantasy & SF novels, anthologies, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The weather -- along with the company and the eerie ambiance of the locale -- contributed to the genesis of _Frankenstein,_ Polidori's "The Vampyre," and, in all likelihood, modern weird fiction.
On the night of June 16th, the group read aloud a collection of German ghost stories, _The Fantasmagoriana._ This inspired Byron to challenge the group to write a ghost story.
Shelley wrote an forgettable story; Byron wrote a story fragment; and Polidori began the "The Vampyre", the first modern vampire tale.
www.scifan.com /titles/title.asp?TI_titleid=39429   (220 words)

 eTextbookShop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, was conceived by Mary Wollstonecroft Godwin following a challenge by Lord Byron, as Mary visited Byron by Lake Geneva in Switzerland during the cold summer of 1816, the "Year Without A Summer".
Mary, her husband-to-be Percy Bysshe Shelley and Byron had read Fantasmagoriana, an anthology of German ghost...
Written around 1603, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice was first performed at Whitehall Palace in London on 1st November 1604.
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 Nwowatcher is the leading resource for topics of political conspiracy, mythology, symbolism, activism, and the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The tale goes that the writers were waiting out bad weather while vacationing on Lake Geneva.
Someone suggested they read "Fantasmagoriana," an anthology of German ghost stories.
Afterward, Lord Byron challenged each member of the group to write their own story.
www.nwowatcher.com /smf/index.php?topic=6640   (1238 words)

 Dr John Polidori
Mary Shelley knew about and probably visited the real castle Frankenstein long before she wrote her famous novel?
Some parts of Frankenstein are VERY similar to parts of the Fantasmagoriana stories!
That 'dark and stormy night' also resulted in the first English Vampire story!
www.members.aol.com /fantasmagoriana/html/dr_john_polidori.html   (758 words)

 The Readers Room
One night, while Mary and Percy were visiting Byron, a violent storm blew up preventing them from returning to the Chapuis.
To pass the evening, Byron had the group read aloud from a German collection of ghost stories titled, The Fantasmagoriana.
One of the stories involved travelers telling each other ghost stories.
www.readersroom.com /criticaloctober.html   (1724 words)

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